Monthly News Notes
D-R Still Working on a Revised Regional Agreement
The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee met with representatives from the boards of selectmen and finance committees from both towns to discuss an amended regional agreement proposal recommended by a task force. According to an article in the Sun Chronicle, school and town officials were hopeful that the two towns will eventually agree on the terms for a new agreement, but it hasn’t happened yet and the process has been going on for several years. School officials will reportedly be making further revisions based on the discussion. Both towns will have to vote on the revised agreement at town meeting, but no timeline for the vote was available.
Rehoboth Celebrates 375th with Parade
Rehoboth celebrated its 375th anniversary with a big parade on Sunday, October 7 featuring approximately 100 bands, floats, horses, vehicles, performers and representatives from many community, religious and veterans’ organizations and local businesses. The parade started at 12 noon and travelled from the Redway Plain eastbound on Route 44 to Camp Ramsbottom. The parade grand marshal was E. Otis Dyer Sr. The blessing was given by Rev. Sarah Weaver of Rehoboth Congregational Church and the National Anthem was sung by Sgt. Richard Shailor of the Rehoboth Police Department.
Selectmen Approve Moratorium on Natural Gas Pipeline Installation
To prevent accidents like the recent explosions in the Merrimack Valley, the board of selectmen has approved a moratorium on the installation of natural gas pipelines according to a Sun Chronicle article. On September 13, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas caused a series of fires and explosions in nearly 40 homes, killing one young man, injuring more than 20 people and forcing thousands of people to evacuate from the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. The moratorium applies to all non-emergency natural gas work but does not affect repairs for natural gas leaks or equipment upgrades. The moratorium will stay in place until a definitive cause is found for the Merrimack Valley explosions and the town holds a public hearing on the utility company’s safeguards.
Towns to Receive More Money from State for Road Projects & Repairs
Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget that includes additional funding to cities and towns for road construction and improvement projects, according to a Sun Chronicle article. Officials used a formula that considers several factors including population, miles of road and employment to determine the amount that each municipality received. Rehoboth is expected to receive an additional $122,411 which brings the total to $734,465.